Arm responded to Qualcomms counterclaim The licensing scheme will not

Arm responded to Qualcomm’s counterclaim: The licensing scheme will not change

The British processor developer Arm of the Japanese conglomerate Softbank responded to a counterclaim from Qualcomm and rejected all of the American company’s claims and allegations. The company does not plan to change the licensing scheme.

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In August, Arm sued Qualcomm over a processor architecture licensing dispute. Qualcomm responded with unexpected allegations against the British partner: According to the defendant, Arm is taking revenge on him for his position against the failed merger with NVIDIA, and in order to strengthen his position, the company allegedly decided to change the processor licensing scheme at the expense of all chip manufacturers – it is assumed that payments will be collected from terminal manufacturers.

Arm denied all of these allegations, and in its response to the counterclaim stressed that the gist of its claims was simple: when Qualcomm bought the Nuvia startup, which was an Arm licensee, the buyer had to apply for a new license from the British company for Arm -compatible processors developed by Nuvia. According to Qualcomm, Arm decided to take advantage of the situation and get additional royalties, and the license terms did not provide for such permission. At the same time, the texts of the license agreements themselves are secret and are partially redacted when published for judicial use.

Finally, Arm categorically dismissed Qualcomm’s claim that it was planning to change its licensing model – the British company said this information was disinformation and misleading, reports The Register. In fact, the company will not restrict partner access to its technologies and will continue to work with both processor manufacturers and OEMs.


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